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Harley Sundown (AK '97)

Teacher

Scammon Bay High School
Scammon Bay, AK

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Harley Sundown was:

Teacher
Scammon Bay High School
Scammon Bay, AK

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12


Biographical Information

Harley Sundown, 9th- and 12th-grade history teacher at Scammon Bay High School in Scammon Bay, uses more than textbooks and maps to teach history. He infuses his classes with local Yup'ik culture, by such means as bringing local Yup'ik elders into the classroom to teach students about Yup'ik history and the importance of respecting older generations. Mr. Sundown's own life supplies considerable bicultural educational material which he uses to bridge American and Yup'ik cultures for his students. His familiarity with both cultures also equips him to use both the Yup'ik and English languages to teach his curriculum. He is also known in his small rural community for having formed a Yup'ik dance group.



Additional Information

Degrees/Certifications

1994 University of Alaska System, B.A.


Expertise
Extracurricular Activities, Local Culture(s)

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